San Juan Islands Transportation. Get to the San Juan Islands by water or air. Here are all the options for travel to, and through, the islands.
The Washington State Ferry (WSF) system is probably the main mode of transportation to and between the islands.
WSF Schedule: Select the Anacortes to San Juan Islands to Sydney BC route to see current schedule.
WSF Reserve your space on a ferry online: Select the San Juan Islands route, and follow the prompts. This is most important if you plan to drive your car onto the ferry.
We love the organic, country-living, locavore nature of the San Juan Islands, and perhaps you will too. The Washington State Ferry terminal at Anacortes WA is just 85.8 miles (138 km) from Port Angeles, making this very scenic side-trip to the San Juans a very doable option.
The journey from Port Angeles to Anacortes by auto will take less than 3 hours, including a ferry ride from Port Townsend to Coupeville on Whidbey Island.
Anacortes is the main port for ferries heading to the San Juan Islands. There are several ways to get there from the Seattle area.
Bellair Charter & Airporter provides multiple bus shuttles per day from Sea-Tac Airport, downtown Seattle, and Burlington (one-stop bus transfer) to the Anacortes ferry terminal; the cost includes ferry fares. Pets are welcome for a small fee.
The following companies provide passenger-only ferry service on a seasonal basis:
Sail to the San Juan Islands on your personal vessel.
Arrive at any of 14 county docks and several marinas throughout the San Juan Islands. See https://www.visitsanjuans.com/transportation/all-san-juan-islands/marinas.
For our Canadian friends: Welcome! The Friday Harbor marina is a US Customs Port of Entry. They'll ask to see your travel documents.
Fly into Sea-Tac International Harbor and then connect to Kenmore Air via their free shuttle service. Or make your way to the nearest Kenmore Air terminal. Find all Kenmore Air staffed terminals here.
Kenmore Air provides multiple flights daily to Friday Harbor Airport, Friday Harbor Marina and Roche Harbor Marina. Flight times are 35-45 minutes. In-flight views are amazing! Kenmore Air also flies to Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island, and Deer Harbor, Eastsound/Orcas Island Airport, Rosario Resort, and West Sound on Orcas Island. Explore Route Maps here.
Kenmore Air San Juan Islands Terminals:
Eastsound/Orcas Island Airport: 147 Schoen Lane, Eastsound, WA 98245
Friday Harbor Airport: 800 Franklin Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Customer Service: +1-866-435-9524, +1-425-486-1257
Sea-Tac Check-in Desk: Located in the Atrium area at Door 00 at the south end of the Baggage Claim level (pictured at right).
More about Kenmore Airlines here.
The following airlines will not only transport you to the San Juan Islands, but many of them also offer scenic tours and charter flights in the islands and to other destinations in the Pacific Northwest. See their respective websites for schedules and details.
San Juan Airlines:
Daily scheduled Bellingham and inter-island flights, plus charter and scenic flights serving the San Juan Islands and several other destinations in the Pacific Northwest.
http://sanjuanairlines.com/. Reservations: 1-800-874-4434
On-demand charter flights throughout the PNW, including Canada. Also operates Air Ambulance service as necessary.
Address: 72 Airport Circle Drive, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm
Friday Harbor Seaplanes:
Daily scheduled and charter flights to the San Juans from South Lake Washington (Renton). Free shuttles provided between Sea-Tac International Airport to the seaplane. www.fridayharborseaplanes.com/.
Phone: +1-425-277-1590; Reservations: 1-800-690-0086
Point to Point Air:
On-demand charter service throughout the PNW, including the San Juan Islands.
Hangar Address: 17708 49th Dr. NE, Arlington, WA 98223 (Hangar B)
Charter flights and scenic air tours
Address: 740 Airport Circle Drive, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Phone: +1-360-378-6991; +1-360-317-5331
These are the primary airports in the San Juan Islands:
Friday Harbor Airport
Address: 800 Franklin Rd, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
Friday Harbor Airport is a US Customs Port of Entry - Canadian visitors welcome (they'll want to see your travel documents)
Roche Harbor Airport
Address: 8484 Roche Harbor Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Roche Harbor Airport is privately owned by Roche Harbor Resort. Several airlines regularly fly in, including Kenmore Air and San Juan Airlines.
Orcas Island Airport
Address: 147 Schoen Ln, Eastsound, WA 98245
Lopez Island Airport
Address: 672 Airport Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261
San Juan Transit is located in Friday Harbor very near the ferry dock. The bus provides fixed route service between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor as well as guided tours around San Juan Island.
They additionally serve Orcas Island, making scheduled scenic stops along the way. Check the website for details about service to Lopez Island. All details are on the website.
Address: Cannery Landing by the Harbor, upstairs
Arrive on foot and then rent cars and RVs by the day, week, and month, with options for partial-day and evening rentals. Add a folding bike to your car rental for a fee.
M&W Auto Sales and Car Rentals
Address: 725 Spring St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Pick up your car rental in:
Address: 125 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Friday Harbor Phone: +1-360-378-5244
Roche Harbor Phone: +1-360-378-6262
Tool Free Phone: +1-800-532-0087
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Rent Mopeds, Scoot Coupes, and Electric Bikes on San Juan Island.
Located less than 5 minutes on foot from the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal. Reservations highly recommended; ALL reservations made by phone.
Traveling the San Juans via ferry and your own private auto may be the most convenient option, depending on how long you plan to spend in the San Juans.
Nevertheless, the above San Juan Island transportation options may still offer exciting vacation or tour options, depending on your own interests.
Enjoy your visit to the San Juan Islands!
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